Monday, 20 June 2016

2016 Trip to Europe - Day 11 - At Sea in the Baltic

Day 11 - At Sea

Map of Baltic Sea
We have a day at sea. We’re in the Baltic, a sea the Captain informed us is lined by nine countries. Germany, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia are to the south of us, Sweden, Finland and Russia are to the north. The other two? Denmark, of course, and Estonia. The Baltic, like our own Strait of Georgia, is modified salt water. Fresh-water rivers from the surrounding countries keep it that way.

I love sea days. I’m never quite as happy as when I can’t see land in any direction. 

Prinsendam Crow's Nest
I haven’t said much about the ship we’re on, the Prinsendam, the smallest of the Holland America Line. It carries something between six and seven hundred passengers. While I’m not a fan of cruise ships this one doesn’t seem too crowded or too big. It’s an older ship with numerous quiet corners and comfortable chairs facing the sea, both inside and on its decks. My favorite spot is the Crow’s Nest, a wide-windowed bar at the very back of the ship, with deep leather chairs facing the sea and a charming young woman who brings me a double Calvados before dinner each evening at sunset.

Tomorrow we arrive in St. Petersburg.


Where Lemons Bloom by Blair McDowell
Blair McDowell's latest tale of Suspense  takes the reader to Italy's  beautiful Amalfi Coast.

"Adamo and Eve are two people who have both been through their own versions of hell. They are both certain that they are not ready to enter into a relationship, but love finds them anyway. Then it takes them on the non-stop thrill ride of their lives."
-   Marlene Harris,

When Eve Anderson meets Adamo de Leone on a ship bound for Europe, she has no idea of the dark secret that will endanger both their lives. She accompanies him to his home on Italy’s Amalfi Coast to open an inn left to him by his grandfather. But then she learns he spent 5 years in prison for a crime he claims he didn’t commit. Could the man she loves be responsible for embezzling eighty million dollars from the investment firm he once owned?

Adamo wants to hold Eve at arm’s length until he can clear his proud family name. But when there is an attempt on his life and Eve is terrorized by a gun-bearing thug, he realizes how much he wants her, and he must accept whatever help he can get to uncover the well-hidden trail of a six-year-old crime.

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